Homebuyers are also increasingly choosing adjustable-rate mortgages, hoping to save a few more dollars on the monthly payment.
Homes sell fastest during these two weeks, according to a new survey by Zillow.
Mortgage rates are higher than they were a year ago, but they did fall enough last week to bring borrowers back to the market.
"All signs are showing that homes this spring will be much less affordable than last year," warns one real estate economist.
Higher mortgage rates and near record low supply resulted in disappointing home sales to start the year.
In local markets across the nation, there are too few listings to meet the strong buyer demand.
Sales from builder Toll Brothers might signal cheaper Manhattan condos.
After a sharp jump following the presidential election, confidence among U.S. home builders continued its slide in February.
Trump froze a move that could have saved some lower-income borrowers money, prompting criticism that it was too cautious and burdensome.
Refinance volume now stands at its lowest level since June 2009.
Landlord alert: Seattle is hot, but not the hottest opportunity for home-rental investing.
A slight decrease in mortgage interest rates last week helped put some energy back into the market.
Rising mortgage rates, bigger jumps in home prices and still-moderate income growth are adding up to a triple threat for the housing market.
Blackstone's Invitation Homes opened slightly higher than its IPO price on Wednesday morning.
A new study is out showing which cities have the best bargains for rents, and which are budget killers.
Mortgage applications were hurt by a 13 percent drop in FHA applications, a direct result of a Trump administration move.
A Trump factor? Searches coming from Russia topped the list of international interest in the website of the Miami Association of Realtors.
Despite a sharp rise in interest rates after the election, pending home sales were up in December.
New Trump administration policy, and reaction to that policy, have made borrowing costs more expensive for homebuyers.
Fannie Mae will back $1 billion in debt collateralized by rental homes at Blackstone.